Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren are now running neck and neck in the Massachusetts Senate race, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
The new Suffolk University/WHDH TV poll
, found Brown has the support of 48 percent of likely voters in the race and Warren 47 percent. The results put them in a virtual dead heat in what is expected to be one of the closest and most expensive races in the country this year.
The results suggested the winner would be determined by only five percent of undecided voters.
“In both the February and May polls, Brown has fallen short of the coveted 50 percent mark for an incumbent, while Elizabeth Warren has converted some undecided voters since February,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said in a statement.
“This leaves both campaigns no choice but to spend tens of millions of dollars in an all-out war to woo the five percent of voters who will decide this election,” he said.
The statewide poll of 600 likely voters marked a significant jump in support since February for Warren, despite her trouble answering questions about why she claimed Native American heritage to help advance her college teaching career.
The voter survey also indicated Brown has gotten little traction out of the Warren controversy. The Suffolk poll in February showed him with a 49 percent to 40 percent lead over Warren, who is expected to win the Democratic nomination in the race.
Voters also appeared not to care about Warren’s problem explaining why she claimed Cherokee heritage on college job applications. For example, 72 percent of those surveyed said they were aware of the issue, but 69 percent dismissed it as “not a significant story.”
But when voters were asked to rate the candidates favorably or unfavorably, Brown got higher marks with 58 percent giving him a favorable rating to Warren’s 43 percent. Brown’s unfavorable rating came in at 28 percent and Warren’s at 33 percent.
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